For full list of current Diary dates, see Newsletter
Lent Group each Sunday of Lent
Old Ford; Sunday 9:30-10:30am
Bethnal Green; Sunday 12:30-1:30pm
Old Ford Church is open every Tuesday 13.30-15.00 for craft-work, coffee and cake. Bring any craft you are working on. Beginners welcome
On the second Tuesday of each month, 12.30, there is a light lunch at Old Ford with an opportunity for conversation, prayer and then a short service. These are all open to anyone living locally, as well as to everyone across the circuit
Friday 16th March
The Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest held its 175th Anniversary Service of Thanksgiving at Wesley’s Chapel, City Road, when the guest speaker was the Rev the Lord Griffiths.
Word in the News
Thursdays 12:00-1:00pm at Bethnal Green
One tin at a time for Whitechapel Mission
Very grateful for the latest carload of food, toiletries and clothes delivered this week
KEEP IT COMING!
The very cold weather meant that the Whitechapel Mission opened its doors to provide some sanctuary and protection. Whilst the temperatures in Whitechapel dropped below zero (for the first time since 2012), Sue and Tony have been offering warmth, hot soup and somewhere warm to sleep.
Chatting to several of the people who were at Whitechapel one evening last week, they all recorded their immense gratitude for the work of the Mission.
Save us from being overwhelmed by the scale of the housing crisis.
Show us, O Lord, where to begin
One way to help the Mission is to bring just one tin of baked beans or plum tomatoes (not the chopped variety) to church every week. Add the extra tin to your weekly shopping list. You can also bring other items from the desperate list: sugar, coffee, honey, biscuits, instant hot chocolate, toothbrushes, razors, carrier bags, rucksacks. Also men’s: underwear, socks, jeans 28”-36”, trainers, shoes and trousers 28-34"
2018 is the 150th anniversary of Bethnal Green Methodist Church
Our celebrations aim to link the past with the present and the future. The early years of Bethnal Green Methodist Church are very much tied in with the start of the National Children’s Home and Orphanage (now known as the national charity Action for Children) which was based in Bonner Road adjoining the church.
One idea we are developing and offering is Guided and Self-guided tours of Bethnal Green where congregation members and people from our community recall historical Methodist sights. The guide will be available in printed form and online. Audio recordings will be made and edited to accompany the guide.
On Good Friday, 30th March, we have a “taster” guided tour, leaving Bethnal Green Methodist Church at 3:00pm, 150 years after the opening of the first Methodist Church on this site. PLEASE come and join us on an hour's easy walk around the area. Tea afterwards!
Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July
Celebration Weekend for all ages
Tower Hamlets Inter Faith Forum (THIEF) has pledged to work towards making Tower Hamlets “a better place to be” and enabling religion and belief groups and communities to “play a full role in shaping a better future for our borough”. Tower Hamlets superintendent minister the Revd Cameron Kirkwood said the Forum provided space “where religion and belief are able to play a significant role in helping to shape our community and address those concerns that can threaten its wellbeing”.
Copies of the THIEF Manifesto can be obtained from the Forum (020 8597 2900 or email@example.com).
The FoodCycle charity holds a community meal on Friday evenings 7pm at Bow Road church. The charity sources good quality food from supermarkets that is soon to reach its sell-by date. If you want to know more, visit the website (www.foodcyle.org.uk) contact Matt (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 020 7729 2775
A PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND 25th May - 3rd June
Led by Fr Brian Ralph with John Singleton
10 days based in Galilee & Jerusalem visiting sites associated with the ministry of Jesus and experiencing something of life in Israel/Palestine today. The cost is just over £2,000, which may seem expensive, but it is fully inclusive and the itinerary is tailored to the needs of a small group of 20 or so pilgrims. See John for a brochure!
LONDON DISTRICT CONFERENCE July 20 (6 pm) - July 22 (3 pm)
High Leigh Conference Centre Share stories, Learn about Migration, Equip Yourself to ‘Make a Difference’ This is a family event with a children’s and youth programme offered!
Please let the circuit know if you are interested (020 8880 7301)
BAND FOR LIFE
Fridays at Bow Road Church See website
In October: Plenty of friends joined Band for Life for coffee and cake and great live music, got creative with arts and crafts, enjoyed a relaxing hand massage with Maryan, and spent their money on the stalls
Meeting together and being creative benefits everyone. Thanks for your support!
In August: Band for Life performed at the Late Bloom Festival in the Crossrail Roof Garden at Canary Wharf. Watch a clip of their group sing-a-long:
Christian Aid Collection
The need is very great as Christian Aid responds to emergencies around the world, as well as campaigning against the causes of poverty and the reality of climate change
Whitechapel Mission Champions -
Champion the cause
Each of our churches now has a ‘Whitechapel champion’ who will act as advocate for the Whitechapel Mission in their congregations. Dedicated during the Circuit Service, they are: Sheila deWinter (Bethnal Green), Sarah Wilson (Bow Road) John Singleton (Poplar) and Jeanette Martin (Old Ford).
This is an essential task for publicising the work of the Mission
Tower Hamlets Circuit is registered for the Easyfundraising site, which means you can raise money for the church when you buy online via Easyfundraising.
1. Register as a user and choose “Methodist Church in Tower Hamlets” as your cause
2. Go to easyfundraising.org.uk first when you buy online. Find the retailer’s name, click through to their site and do your shopping
3. The church gets a percentage of what you spend
There are lots of retailers taking part including: Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Ebay, Amazon.co.uk, Clark’s, British Airways
For full address and details of each church in the circuit, see Congregations
Charity Number 1134888